Trails & Beer: Rich Castro – Switzerland Trail

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Part of the Trails & Beer: A Perfect Pair series where we asked local runners about their favorite places to run and to pair it with the beer in which they celebrate post-run. 

Switzerland Trail and Twisted Pine Raspberry Wheat

[box type=”note” size=”large” icon=”none”]The Runner: Rich Castro
The Trails: Switzerland Trail
The Beer: Twisted Pine Raspberry Wheat[/box]

Since Rich has lived in Boulder for over 42 years, he’s done his fair share of running in the area. Here are his top 3 picks:

1. If we are speaking of convenience and a trail that I have used for over 30 years for training purposes, then it has to be the Bobolink and South Boulder Creek Trails. I love an Avery’s White Rascal.

2. If you don’t mind driving east for a bit, I really enjoy the Walden Ponds/Sawhill Ponds area. Great for birding as well. Always enjoy the Southern Sun’s Blackberry Wheat.

3. If it’s a mountain trail you want then I prefer the Switzerland Trail and you can’t go wrong visiting the Twisted Pine Brewery for a Raspberry Wheat pint.

Rich Castro was a founder and president of the Boulder Road Runners and former head of the University of Colorado intramurals. Rich has helped organize uncountable races including the Nike High Altitude challenge as well as served as the Elite coordinator for the Bolder Boulder.


Twisted Pine Brewery is located at 3201 Walnut Street Suite A Boulder, CO and is open Monday -Sunday and offers a variety of food options from sandwiches, salads and pizza. They have happy hour during the week.

The Switzerland Trail

Switzerland Trail

The railway graded Switzerland Trail offers scenic views and easy to run trails at high altitude just outside of town.

The Switzerland Trail is about 30 miles long in total, winding between altitudes of 7,000 and over 9,000 feet in the Roosevelt National Forest. The smooth grade and 2%-5% slope of the railway makes for “easy” running and offers great views of the Boulder valley and the front range to the west. From the South Trailhead, accessed from Sugarloaf Road, the trail is about 5.4 miles to the Peak to Peak Highway or 11 miles out and back.

[box type=”info”]The trail is also used by mountain bikers and motorized off road vehicles.[/box]

The Bobolink Trailhead and South Boulder Creek Trail

South Boulder Creek

Fall colors along the South Boulder Creek Trail

The Bobolink Trailhead is located East of town on Baseline Road and Cheryvale. The South Boulder Creek Trail flows alongside the creek through shady trees and meadows, crossing under South Boulder Road, through pastures until it ends at the gate to the west at Marshall Road. The out and back is about 6.4 miles long. The trail is wide and smooth, good for easy runs or workouts and offers nice views of the Flatirons and peaks.

Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat

The Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat is located east of Boulder on 75th Street just south of Jay Road, 3.5 miles of trail including the Heatherwood link feature some of the best bird-watching opportunities in the county.



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